The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most-watched T20 cricket leagues in the world.
Each season, hundreds of millions of fans eagerly follow the tournament to cheer on their favorite teams and players.
One of the most hotly contested individual accolades is the Orange Cap, awarded to the leading run-scorer of each IPL season.
In the 2022 edition of the IPL, several star batsmen stood out with their prolific scoring. According to statistics from sources the top run scorer was Jos Buttler of the Rajasthan Royals.
The English wicketkeeper-batsman had a season for the ages, racking up a mammoth 863 runs in 17 matches.
Buttler scored four centuries, the most by any batter in a single IPL season, and averaged 57.53 with the bat.
In second place was KL Rahul of the Lucknow Super Giants.
The LSG skipper amassed 616 runs in 15 matches at an average of 51.33 with one century and four half-centuries.
Rahul has established himself as one of the most consistent run scorers in T20 cricket and once again proved his class with several match-winning contributions for his team throughout IPL 2022.
Coming in third was veteran Australian opener David Warner. Playing for the Delhi Capitals after being released by Sunrisers Hyderabad, Warner rebounded from a poor IPL 2021 with 432 runs in 12 games at an average of 48. His return to form was instrumental in DC reaching the playoffs.
As per the rules of the Orange Cap, the award is presented to the leading run-scorer of the entire tournament. In the case of a tie for the top spot, the player with the better strike rate is named the Orange Cap winner.
The first player to don the Orange Cap was Brendon McCullum in 2008. That year, Indian batsman Shaun Marsh was the inaugural recipient of the award for scoring the most runs (651).
Since then, several star names have won the Orange Cap, including David Warner (three times), Virat Kohli (twice), and Chris Gayle.
In IPL 2022, Jos Buttler’s monumental run tally ensured he walked away with his maiden Orange Cap.
His scintillating form throughout the tournament played a key role in the Royals’ run to the finals.
With another season now in the books, the battle for the 2023 Orange Cap is sure to be fiercely contested once more between the best T20 batsmen in the world.